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Apple Daily: iPhone 6s Package Leaks, Apple Car Talks, iTunes European Migrant Aid

Before all eyes turn to the arrival of new iPhone 6s models on September 25, we’ve got an early peek at what the packaging looks like in leaked photos. Our Friday edition of Apple Daily also sheds the spotlight on Cupertino’s apparent talks with the California DMV about self-driving cars, as well as how the iPhone maker plans to help with aid for the ongoing European migrant crisis. Wrap up your work week with all the latest news, right here!

Sneak a Peek at New iPhone 6s Packaging One Week Early

Only a week remains before the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus land in stores and the hands of customers, but photos have already begun to surface of what the packaging and looks like as orders are winging their way around the globe.

iPhone 6s packaging leak

Spanish website iPhoneros posted a series of photos of unopened iPhone 6s boxes en route from China, while Chinese site Feng was able to actually break the shrink wrap on at least one box to snap a few photos of the new rose gold model. Of note, the back of the case now includes the small “S” to differentiate this year’s cosmetically similar 6s from last year’s iPhone 6, the first time Apple has differentiated S models with such markings.

Report: Apple Talks Autonomous Vehicles with California DMV

The Guardian today reported Apple executives have apparently shared some of their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), lending credence to recent rumors about the possibility of a so-called “Apple Car” in the near future.

Self-driving automobile

According to leaked internal documents, Apple senior legal counsel Mike Maletic “had an hour-long meeting” with “self-driving car experts” at the DMV on August 17. The report doesn’t elaborate on what the discussions were about, but DMV officials described the meeting as a cursory review of the department’s autonomous vehicle regulations.

One thing’s for sure: Apple won’t be able to maintain its customary veil of secrecy on the project. The report notes the California DMV requires manufacturers to divulge “the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of cars they want to test, share details of autonomous features and capabilities, and identify test drivers by name” before a permit can be issued.

Apple Pledges “Substantial Donation” to European Migrant Aid

As you may have seen by now, the iTunes Store is now accepting donations to the American Red Cross relief efforts for European refugees and migrants, which can be sent from Mac or iOS devices in , , , 0, or 0 amounts. Apple has partnered with the non-profit organization for many such relief efforts in the past, most recently earlier this year in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

American Red Cross donations

In addition to raising money from its customers, Reuters is reporting Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged a “substantial donation” to aid relief agencies, according to an internal memo to employees on Friday. In the document, the executive pledges to “match employee donations to the cause two-to-one.”

“Apple is dedicated to advancing human rights around the world,” the memo reads. “We hope the actions we’re taking will help make the situation less desperate for some, and ease the hardship so many are enduring.”

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Apple Daily: iPhone Preorders May Exceed Last Year’s; Tim Cook on Colbert, 4GB iPad Pro

Naysayers, repent: Apple is already claiming that the preorders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are well on their way to outdoing the preorder numbers for last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In other news, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow, and the iPad Pro is confirmed to have 4GB of RAM.

Apple Claims iPhone 6s, 6s Plus Preorders “On Pace” to Beat Last Year’s

Many analysts recently claimed that Apple likely wouldn’t see as stellar iPhone sales this year partly in response to China’s troubled economy, but in a statement to CNBC, the Cupertino company set out to prove them wrong. In fact, the company claims that this year could see even better sales of its newest smartphones than last year.

“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” Apple said in its statement. “We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.”

Source: Softpedia

And not only does Apple appear poised to beat analyst estimates, but it seems that the company claims that it has exceeded its own internal estimates as well.

“We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday,” the statement said.

Apple so far hasn’t released any specific numbers for the preorders yet, but a more successful opening weekend than last year’s would be impressive, to put it lightly. In addition to selling 10 million units within the first weekend as a whole, Apple also sold a total of 4 million units within the first 24 hours of preorders alone.

We’ve come a long way from the days when Steve Jobs could brag that Apple has sold 4 million iPhones ever.


Tim Cook to Appear on ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

It’s possible we could hear the specific numbers for the pre-orders in an unlikely venue — the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert announced on Twitter last Friday that Apple CEO Tim Cook would be a guest on his show tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15. It looks like Colbert is looking forward to the interview, as he posted a photo of himself speaking to Siri through his Apple Watch.

“Siri,” he said in the tweet, “put Apple CEO Tim Cook on my calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 15. Oh, and come up with some questions to ask him.”

Hobnobbing with influential figures outside of the realms of music. movies, and television such as Cook is already the norm for Colbert’s Late Show, which has already seen the former Colbert Report host speaking with key tech and industrial personalities like Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In fact, Colbert appears to be placing tech and (unsurprisingly, considering his past) political figures front-and-center on his new show, as upcoming guests include everyone from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

You can catch Colbert’s show at 11:30 p.m. on CBS, or you can (most likely) watch the interview afterward on the show’s YouTube channel.


iPad Pro Confirmed to Have 4GB of RAM

Late last week Adobe caused a stir when it released a press release claiming that, to almost everyone’s surprise, the iPad Pro contained 4GB of RAM. The company quickly removed all references to the RAM in online versions of the release, leading to some speculation that the information was a mistake.

Source: Hamza Sood

Yesterday, however, iOS developer Hamza Sood announced on Twitter that the initial report was right, after all. Based on his findings through the asset catalogs in the development tool Xcode, the iPad Pro contains 4GB of RAM and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (as Sood notes, rather unsurprisingly at this point) both contain 2GB.

In the specific words of a followup tweet, “The image asset is chosen based on the memoryClass key in the simdevicetype’s capabilities.plist. 0 = <1GB, 1 = 1GB, 2 = 2GB, 3 = 4GB.”

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Apple Daily: Increased AppleCare+ Costs; Smaller Battery in iPhone 6s; iOS 9.1 Beta

Apple’s big special event is over, and now some of the details that Tim Cook and friends didn’t share on stage are starting to make their way out as Apple updates its websites. As of this afternoon, we now know that AppleCare+ will cost more for iPhone 6s owners, the battery for the iPhone 6s appears to be smaller than that for the iPhone 6, and the public beta for iOS 9.1 is now available.

iPhone 6s Appears to Have Smaller Battery than iPhone 6

If you happened to notice that Apple didn’t say anything specific about the battery for the iPhone 6s yesterday, that’s likely because Apple itself wasn’t too eager to share the results. As discovered by PhoneArena, Apple’s official video for the iPhone 6s appears to show a 1,715 mAh capacity battery, which is actually down from the 1,810 mAh battery found in the iPhone 6. The offending shot in question is at 2:53.

Source: PhoneArena

But here’s the thing: Apple has already claimed on its official spec sheet that the iPhone 6s will give us 14 hours of talk time and 10 hours of LTE browsing on a single charge; the iPhone 6s Plus, on the other hand, will deliver 24 hours of talk time and 12 hours of LTE browsing. That means that the new and old generation phones appear to deliver the same results despite the 6s’ smaller battery possibly owing to advances in technology — or, of course, it could turn out that Apple gave us the wrong information. For now, we’ll just have to wait until we can get our hands on the phones to learn for ourselves.


AppleCare+ More Expensive for iPhone 6s Users

If you plan on buying an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, be prepared to spend a little more money for AppleCare+. Apple updated its websiterecently to show that the service will cost 9.99 for both new phones, and that service fees under the plan have also been bumped up to for the iPhone 6s and for the iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple didn’t provide any reasons for the boost, but it seems likely that it’s meant to account for the technology involved, which in some cases is substantially better than what we saw in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Keep in mind, though, that Apple also now offers the iPhone Upgrade Program, which includes the price of AppleCare+ in the monthly payment installments at the heart of the plan.


iOS 9.1 Public Beta with iPad Pro Features Now Available

iOS 9 won’t officially be out until next week, but the public beta is already here for iOS 9.1, which includes features designed specifically for the iPad Pro (although, of course, the device and compatible accessories aren’t). Most notable among these features is support for the iPad Pro’s associated accessories, such as the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard announced at yesterday’s event.

If you don’t have access and would like to, just sign up for Apple’s beta program here. Keep in mind, though, that these are betas and thus prone to instability by their very definition.

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Apple Special Event: Here Comes the iPhone 6s, Preorders Begin Sept. 12

iPhone 6S 3D Touch

Despite all the rumors and hype about a new iPhone debuting today in San Francisco, the folks in Cupertino apparently decided to save the best for last. On the heels of Apple Watch and Apple TV updates, CEO Tim Cook introduced the highly anticipated new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.

After showing a few charts and graphs showing iPhone 6 as not only the most popular iPhone ever but the most popular phone period, Cook launched into a video showing the new iPhones everyone has been waiting for.

“The only thing that’s changed is everything,” Apple says of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, now available in rose gold as well as the usual silver, gold, and space grey models. Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller came back on stage to gush over the new rose gold finish and give us details on the rest of the new features.

As predicted, iPhone 6s introduces 3D Touch, similar to the pressure-sensitive Force Touch found on Apple Watch. Billed as “the next generation of multitouch,” 3D Touch recognizes force applied to the display, which is made from a new, stronger type of glass than previous models.

Depending upon how hard you press on the display, the dynamic iOS 9 operating system provides precise, tactile feedback courtesy of Apple’s latest capacitive displays. iPhone 6s models also include a redesigned taptic engine for faster feedback that ever before.

For example, a small amount of pressure on a message provides a peek at the message, while a harder press would open a threaded conversation view, or even launch directly into the app itself. In Apple Mail, 3D Touch eliminates a lot of tapping on various pop-up menus, which can now be called up with a flick of your finger instead.

On the Phone app, 3D Touch makes it possible to press the icon to bring up a list of favorites, rather than actually launch the app. The same trick applies to other apps like Maps, where users can receive directions, make calls, and find out other information without even opening the app. Third-party developers like Facebook and Instagram have already been hard at work updating apps with this new “peek” feature.

Internally, iPhone 6S is powered by a new 64-bit A9 processor Apple claims is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks, and up to 90 percent faster at GPU tasks. To take advantage of this, Schiller invited Pixel Toys on stage to show off Freeblade gameplay, which can now use 3D Touch for switching weapons. (The game will hit the App Store in time for the holiday season.)

iPhone 6s also includes an always-on “Hey, Siri” feature, along with second-generation Touch ID that recognizes fingerprints faster than before. Naturally, the hardware also features improved camera sensor bumped up to 12MP capable of capturing 50 percent more pixels than previous models.

The all-new iSight camera also makes iPhone 6s images look sharper, more colorful, and vivid than ever. Exposure and color are more accurate, without the additional noise that usually comes with higher megapixel photos.

As rumored, iPhone 6s models will also be capable of capturing 4K quality video with up to 8 million pixels, in addition to the 1080p HD offered by earlier models. Naturally, iMovie is being upgraded to support 4K editing as well.

Selfie fans will also love the new FaceTime HD camera on the front of the iPhone 6s, turning the Retina Display into a True Tone flash that becomes three times brighter when in use.

One of the most unique features of iPhone 6s is Live Photos, which is activated by pressing the 3D Touch display to literally bring a static moment alive, complete with audio. There’s no special mode for taking Live Photos — simply make sure an on-screen button is selected, and the Camera app extends what is being captured before and after the actual photo with a minimal impact on storage space. Developers will also be able to support Live Photos starting later this year with a new API.

Featuring 23 LTE bands, 2x faster Wi-Fi, and all the new iOS 9 software features, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners will also be able to purchase new charging docks, leather and silicone covers that match the four color finishes.

iPhone 6s will be available starting at 9 for 16GB, with the iPhone 6s Plus priced at 9 for the same capacity, along with the same 64GB and 128 models as last year. U.S. customers will be able to take advantage of a new Apple Upgrade Program, which provides a new unlocked iPhone every year with your choice of carrier, complete with Apple Care coverage starting at per month.

So when can you get one? iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will begin preordering on Saturday, September 12, available in retail stores on September 25 in 12 countries, with more than 130 other destinations and 400 carriers set to launch by year’s end. iOS 9 will also be available starting September 16.

Last but not least, iCloud is also getting a nice drop in price, with 50GB for only 99 cents per month, 200GB for .99 per month, or 1TB for .99 per month.

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Apple Daily: Next iPhone Event Set for Sept. 9; Next iPhones May Get Animated Wallpapers

Apple has at last announced the date for its next big media event and, well, it’s going to take place on the date we’ve all been saying it was going to take place on for months now. In addition, Apple is said to be bringing some spiffy animated wallpapers to the “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

Apple to Hold Next iPhone/Apple TV Event on September 9

And so the rumor mill is right again. Apple sent out invitations this morning stating that, yes, the next Apple media event will be held at 10AM PDT on Wednesday, September 9 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II in 1977. The invitation’s message is both simple and vague: “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

In addition, Windows users will be able to join in on the festivities live for the first time ever this year, as the Cupertino company’s page for the event notes that you can stream it on September 9 “on a PC with Edge on Windows 10.” As usual, of course, you can also watch the event on Apple TV or through the Safari browser on a Mac or iOS device.

There’s always a chance Apple could surprise us, but there have been plenty of trustworthy “hints” from the rumor mill that suggest that Apple will at last unveil the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the event. Both devices are expected to be be made from stronger aluminum than their immediate predecessors, and they’re expected to feature Force Touch, an improved camera, 2GB of RAM, and an A9 processor.

Apple is also expected to use the event to unveil the next generation of the Apple TV, which is expected to have Siri support (which likely explains the invitation’s tagline), its own App Store, a touch-based remote control, and an A8 processor. Apple isn’t expected to announce its long-awaited subscription-based streaming TV service at the event, though, as negotiations are supposedly still bogged down.

For a bit of fun, saying “Hey Siri, give me a hint” to Siri does, in fact, reveal a set of customized responses. Unfortunately, the hints are no more helpful than “Well, I hear there’s something big happening on September 9″ and our personal favorite: “Why don’t you check a rumors blog? That’s what I do.”

Ouch, Siri.


iPhone 6s and 6s Plus May Have Apple Watch-Like Animated Wallpapers

Fittingly enough, the pace of rumors hasn’t slowed down even with the next Apple media event on the near horizon. The latest rumor passed along from insider sources to 9to5Mac claims that the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature new animated wallpapers in the style of the “Motion” watch faces for the Apple Watch. Each time a user wakes up his or her phone, they’ll be treated to watching the wallpaper dynamically change based on their interactions.

Source: cnBeta

Some of the wallpapers seem based off the static backgrounds that showed up in the beta for iOS 9 earlier in the month, such as smoky clouds with different colors and a school of koi. The koi, in fact, seems to lend some credence to a “leaked” photo of the box for the iPhone 6s Plus that appeared on the Chinese site cnBeta this morning. Some inconsistencies with Apple’s earlier iPhone packaging led some commentators to doubt its authenticity, but as the box depicts a koi fish on the front, it could be a way to tie-in the packaging with this new feature.

Dynamic wallpapers already exist to a degree on the current iPhones, but their complexity doesn’t come close to matching that of the motion watch faces for the Apple Watch. At the moment, there’s no word as to whether we’ll get to put the snazzy new wallpapers on older iPhones, but it seems unlikely in light of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’s allegedly better processor and extra RAM. In fact, the static images we saw in the iOS 9 beta might be as close as we get.

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